PENFOLD AUDI SPORT TO PROVIDE SAFETY CAR FOR ARMOR ALL BATHURST 12 HOUR

Photo: Audi's involvement in the Armor All Bathurst 12 Hour with the R8 LMS (Pictured above) will be backed up by Penfold Audi Sport supplying the official Safety Car.

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DESPITE THE ADDITION of high-powered exotic GT cars to the grid, an Audi S4 sedan could still lead some of the 2011 Armor All Bathurst 12 Hour when it is contested next month.

The Supercharged V6 four-door Audi will serve as the official Safety Car of the Armor All Bathurst 12 hour following confirmation today of Penfold Audi Sport's support of the February 4-6 Event.

The Burwood, Melbourne dealership has an extensive involvement in the sport thanks to its support of GT championship frontrunner and Armor All Bathurst 12 Hour competitor Mark Eddy.

Eddy was recently confirmed as part of a two-car Audi R8 LMS team entered by Audi Race Experience Team Joest, with a driver line-up featuring V8 Supercar legend Craig Lowndes, Warren Luff and a trio of international Sportscar aces in the second car.

Audi Penfold's involvement will see the 245kw Audi S4 lead the field throughout the February 4-6 Event, should a safety car be required.

"Our involvement in the sport comes through our partnership with Mark Eddy," Audi Penfold Burwood Sales Manager Robert Fletcher said.

"Mark's involvement in the Armor All Bathurst 12 Hour has developed into quite a high profile entry in the race, and anything he does locally we want to be involved in as it provides good coverage and exposure for the dealership."

"Our primary intent is to support Audi's involvement in the race and also Mark's participation.

"We are looking forward to being involved with the Armor All Bathurst 12 Hour and having our car ready and waiting for if or when it's needed."

Livingstone Safety Vehicles will also provide two course cars for the duration of the Event.

Livingstone Safety Vehicles (LSV) designs and builds top quality emergency vehicles for the Motorsport Community, complying with FIA and general state regulations.

LSV also sells and rents emergency warning equipment for Events or Series, and also supports and sponsors many small volunteer groups within the sport.

"With Audi Penfold Burwood and Livingstone Safety Vehicles on board, we know that our competitors and officials will be looked after with the best in Safety and Course cars available to us," Event Director James O'Brien said.

"Audi's involvement in the Event is already well documented and we are looking forward to working with Audi PenfoldBurwood as official Safety Car Provider - hopefully for them they don't have to deal with the torrential downpour and falling trees that we experienced in 2010!"

Just four weeks remain until the Armor All Bathurst 12 Hour gets underway at Mount Panorama from 4-6 February.

GT vehicles will join with production cars for the first time in 2011, with entries secured from Audi, BMW, Corvette, Ferrari, Ford, Holden, Lotus, Mitsubishi, Mosler, Nissan, Porsche and Subaru.

Historic Group N Touring Cars, Group C & A Historic Touring Cars, Improved Production, HQ Holden's and Formula Vee will feature throughout Friday and Saturday's action, ensuring a racing program that caters to nearly every type of Australian Motorsport fan.

-source: bathurst12hour.com.au